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Surety in trouble for allegedly perverting justice

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A 51-year-old trader, Onyekachi Ewereji, who stood as surety for his friend, was on Friday docked at an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, for allegedly perverting the course of justice.

Ewereji, whose address is unknown, is standing trial on charges bordering on obstruction of justice.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Stephen Molo, told the court that the accused committed the offence on April 17 at 4.00 p.m. at Zone 2 Police Command Headquarters, Lagos.

Molo said the accused conspired with one other at large to obstruct and pervert the course of justice by standing as surety to one Robert Uwon.

“He promised as surety to produce Uwon whenever the police needed him.

“The accused failed to produce Uwon to the police on April 20 as promised.’’

He said the offence contravened Section 97 (1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The accused pleaded not guilty.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 97 (1) provides seven years imprisonment for perversion of justice.

Counsel to the accused, Mr Benjamine Jatau, urged the court to grant him bail on liberal terms.

In her ruling, the Magistrate, Mrs I. O. Omotosho, granted him bail in the sum of N100, 000 with one responsible surety in like sum.

She said the address of the surety must be verified and adjourned the case to April 29 for mention.


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